Coast Guard rescues man in Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard, along with Maryland Natural Resources Police and Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue, rescued a man in the Chesapeake Bay Saturday, after he reportedly sustained leg injuries while swimming.

Rescued was Mark Gentile, 56.

Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders at 2:35 p.m., reporting that a man had sustained leg injuries while swimming near his sailboat approximately 300 yards south of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., arrived on scene at 2:50 p.m., and removed Gentile from the water with assistance from a Maryland Natural Resources Police crewmember and transported him back to Station Annapolis. Two Anne Arundel Fire Rescue crewmembers tended to Gentile aboard the RB-S while en route to the station.

A Maryland State Police helicopter crew met the RB-S crew at the station, loaded Gentile into their helicopter and took him to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

“After receiving the initial report, Station Annapolis and local partnering agencies were able to arrive on scene quickly to assist,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Sergio Calderon, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector Baltimore. “With the assistance of our partners, we were able to get Gentile the medical attention he needed in a timely and efficent manner.”

NRP has the lead on the investigation.

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